This January, HWS students spent three days investing in their future careers in the nation’s finance hub, exploring the avenues offered by industry giants like J.P. Morgan, NASDAQ, Credit Suisse, DeWitt Stern, Colliers International, and other institutions.
During the 2016 New York City Finance Experience — facilitated by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education — students connected with the Colleges’ network of alums, parents and their colleagues, who work at some of the world’s leading firms. This year’s excursion was expanded to include a full third day (up from two days in past years), in order to incorporate the commercial real estate and insurance industries and highlight the breadth of career options for quantitatively- and analytically-minded students.
For Olivia Cargian ’18, the chance to hear firsthand from alums was one of the highlights of the trip. “I could sense that they really wanted to help Hobart and William Smith students,” she says. “It was terrific to see how many connections Hobart and William Smith have to the finance industry and I hope that our network will continue to grow over the years as more of my peers join some of these great firms.”
Angel Salas-España ’18 echoes Cargian’s sentiment: “I was really proud to see so many Hobart and William Smith alums across the industry. We really are everywhere, and alums are more than happy to help current students in finding their career paths.”
“I think I can speak for everyone who went on the trip when I say that it was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life,” says Kyle Baradzi ’18. “We visited firms that specialize in investment banking, private wealth management, commercial real estate, insurance, financial technology, financial news, and more. It was instrumental in helping me really decide whether to pursue a career in finance.”
The Salisbury Center also hosted several other career and networking events during winter break, including Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C., a Behind the Scenes trip to Los Angeles and more. Each year at these events, students establish important professional connections, engage with new people and unique perspectives, and even land internships and set the stage for possible future employment.
“Opportunities like this are exactly the reason I chose to come to Hobart and William Smith Colleges,” says Baradzi. “The HWS finance trip exemplifies how exceptional the Colleges’ career network is and how willing alums are to give back to the place that was so instrumental in getting them to where they are today.”
Leading up to the finance event, Salas-España had been applying for summer internships and says the trip “was a great way for me to see where my interests might lie and how I may utilize my economics major post-undergrad.”
In addition to visiting Standard and Poors and Bloomberg, one of Salas-España’s favorite site visits was to Bank of America Tower, where he secured a summer internship thanks in part to his successful networking with alums who work there.